Faculty can learn more about resources that can be integrated into lectures and support assignments. Specific NICHSR resources and topics covered include searching for HSR in PubMed, Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC), Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj), and Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR). These are a few of many resources for health services researchers, librarians, information scientists, students, and professors provided by the NLM’s NICHSR.

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Learning Objectives

After watching this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand how the National Library of Medicine Supports Health Services Research;
  • Conduct a structured search for HSR in PubMed;
  • Understand ways to use HSRR and HSRIC, what they contain, and how they can inform your research; and
  • Learn about the scope and contents of HSRProj, and ways to use HSRProj to inform your research.


      • HSRProj – Health Services Research Projects in Progress
      • HSRR – Health Services and Sciences Research Resources
      • HSRIC – Health Services Research Information Central
      • HTA – Health Technology Assessment
      • NICHSR – National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology


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      Additional Materials


      Faculty: Patricia Gallagher, M.A., M.L.S., M.H.I.P., NLM's National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology; Erin Holve, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., AcademyHealth; Liz Koechlein, M.P.P.,  AcademyHealth; Lisa Lang, M.P.P., NLM's National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology; Christiane Voisin, M.L.S., Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research; Lynn Whitener, Dr.PH, M.S.L.S., Senior Content Specialist, HSRR, National Library of Medicine.

      Course Level 

       101 (Introductory)

      Faculty Bios

      Patricia Gallagher Headshot Patricia Gallagher, M.L.S., M.A., AHIPwas appointed Librarian at NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) in 2012. Her duties at NICHSR include working with the HSRProj database and on the HSRIC web portal.  Prior to her arrival at NLM, Patricia was Senior User Services Librarian at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), where she worked for 16 years, and at a New York City-based academic medical center and nursing school library.  While at NYAM, she served as a liaison to the Section on Evidence-based Health Care (EBHC) as a tutor and Librarian Coordinator for their EBHC workshop; as the managing editor for NOAH: New York Online Access to Health, and was on the project since the planning stages, and was the  instructor to the NYAM Junior Fellows program. She has presented and published on topics related to evidence-based medicine, History of Medicine, and Consumer Health. Patricia has an MLS from Queens College, and an MA from Hunter College, is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

      Erin Holve, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.P.P. As Senior Director of Research and Education in HSR, Dr. Holve leads AcademyHealth’s work on analytic methods and research resources for the field of health services research (HSR). She is principal investigator of several projects on patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER) including the Electronic Data Methods Forum (www.edm-forum.org). Her recent published work has focused on the infrastructure —including training - needed in order to build learning health systems to improve patient care and outcomes.  She is founding editor and editor-in-chief of AcademyHealth’s open access peer reviewed journal, eGEMs.

      Dr. Holve has developed and led several fellowship and training opportunities, including the Delivery System Science Fellowship and has served as a senior advisor to a numerous national programs. She has also served as a reviewer for federal grant programs and journals in HSR, and is a current Board Member of the Association of Public Data Users (APDU). Areas of research expertise include trends in access and coverage in private health insurance and long-term care insurance, health privacy, and advanced methods for HSR, including analysis of complex surveys. She has designed information architecture and led development of several websites including www.StateHealthFacts.org and www.hsrmethods.org.  Previously she worked for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and consulted for state and local health departments and delivery systems.  Dr. Holve holds a PhD in Health Services Research from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Masters degrees in public health and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

      Liz Koechlein, M.P.P., is a Research Associate at AcademyHealth, and is responsible for outreach, maintenance, and marketing for HSRProj, an online health services research database funded by the National Library of Medicine. Her role includes providing logistical and program support, conducting research and analysis, and managing daily tasks related to HSRProj. 

      Before joining AcademyHealth in April 2015, Ms. Koechlein worked as a Research Analyst at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Prior to UNRISD, she worked at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Ms. Koechlein has a Master of Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. 

      Lisa Lang, M.P.P. is Assistant Director for Health Services Research Information at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Head of its National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR).  She is responsible for the NLM’s activities to support the information needs of health services research and public health systems and services research communities, as well as the public health workforce. Ms. Lang chairs the public-private workgroup, Partners to Improve Access to Information for the Public Health Workforce (www.PHPartners.org). She is a member of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, and also the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse/National Guideline Clearinghouse Editorial Board.  Ms. Lang supports NLM’s activities to facilitate use of SNOMED CT and other designated health data standards for the electronic exchange of health information through a focus on the use of health information technology for public health and health services research, including patient-centered outcomes research, performance measurement, comparative effectiveness research, patient safety and public health quality improvement.

      Ms. Lang’s prior experience includes work in performance measurement and value-based purchasing at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than a decade focusing on quality and consumer protection issues as a Senior Health Policy Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services, and a visiting fellowship at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, California. She received a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a B.A. from Stanford University in Psychology and Russian Language. 
      2012VoisinHeadshotWebinar Christiane E. Voisin, M.L.S., is a librarian with the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has worked on the Health Services Research-in-Progress (HSRProj) database in collaboration with AcademyHealth and the NLM for the past 15 years to select, format and maintain project records for this resource. During 2009 she assumed the role of Principal Investigator for the HSRProj Professional and Database Support contract at UNC. Ms. Voisin serves as Associate Director for Information Services at the Sheps Center, and currently acts as the lead librarian for the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).  She has also performed consulting work on systematic review projects for contracts with RTI International funded by the FDA; Hayes, Inc.; the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at UNC Chapel Hill with funding from the Arthritis Foundation; and the State of Maryland.
      Lynn Whitener Headshot

      Lynn Whitener, Dr.P.H., M.S.L.S.holds an undergraduate degree in sociology, a master of science degree in library science, and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH).  She was the librarian for the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-CH for 25 years.  While there, she worked with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AcademyHealth to create HSRProj and HSRR.  Since 2006, she has served as President of Information Packaging LLC to provide research and editorial services to public and private sector clients, including RTI and the University of the Danube.  Dr. Whitener is a Senior Consultant to NLM for issues around health services research and public health.


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      This webinar is brought to you by AcademyHealth through the HSRProj program. HSRProj is a joint effort of AcademyHealth and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. De